One exception to Río Grande’s lack of historic sites is the Salesian mission (RN 3 Km 2980, tel. 02964/43-0667, www.misionrg.com.ar), founded by the order to catechize the Selk’nam; after the aboriginals died out from unintentionally introduced diseases and intentional slaughter, the fathers turned their attention to educating rural youth in their boarding school.
The well-preserved Capilla (chapel), a national historic monument, and similar Magellanic buildings make up part of the mission’s Museo de Historia, Antropología y de Ciencias Naturales (9:30 a.m.–noon and 3–5 p.m. Tues.–Sun., US$1 adults, US$0.50 children), whose facilities display their natural history and ethnography exhibits far better than in the not-too-distant past.
From Río Grande, the Línea D bus goes hourly to the Misión Salesiana, about 11 kilometers north of Río Grande, 7:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition